May 1997

“Contents,” Ensign, May 1997, 2–3


May 1997

Volume 27 Number 5

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Inside front cover: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, by Jed Clark. Front row, left to right: President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Elders L. Tom Perry, David B. Haight, and Neal A. Maxwell. Back row, left to right: Elders Russell M. Nelson, Dallin H. Oaks, M. Russell Ballard, Joseph B. Wirthlin, Richard G. Scott, Robert D. Hales, Jeffrey R. Holland, and Henry B. Eyring.

Conference Tapes Available

Cassette tape recordings of conference sessions are available for meetinghouse libraries from all English-language distribution centers, generally within two months following conference. Recordings for the deaf (videocassettes with a signing inset) and for the visually impaired (slow-speed audiocassette tapes) are available from Special Curriculum, 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150, United States of America.

Visiting Teaching

There are no designated visiting teaching messages printed in the May and November general conference issues of the Ensign. After prayerfully considering the needs of the sisters they visit, visiting teachers are to choose as the message for those months a general conference address that would meet the needs of the sisters.

General Conference Music

Saturday Morning, 5 April 1997, General Session
Music by the Mormon Youth Chorus, directed by Robert C. Bowden, with organist Linda S. Margetts: “They, the Builders of the Nation” (Hymns, no. 36); “Faith of Our Fathers” (Hymns, no. 84); “Praise to the Man” (Hymns, no. 27); “Sweet Is the Work” (arr. Bowden, unpublished, Hymns, no. 147); “Beautiful Savior” (arr. Cornwall, published by LDS Church, Children’s Songbook, 62).

Saturday Afternoon, 5 April 1997, General Session
Music by the Logan-Ogden Combined Institute Choirs, directed by Don Castleton, with organist Bonnie Goodliffe: “True to the Faith” (arr. Lyon, published by Deseret Book, Hymns, no. 254); “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (arr. Cornwall, published by Pioneer Music Press, Hymns, no. 26); “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (Hymns, no. 19); “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (arr. Dayley, published by Sonos, Children’s Songbook, 74).

Saturday Evening, 5 April 1997, Priesthood Session
Music by the Ricks College Combined Men’s Choirs, directed by Kevin Brower and Steve Dresen, with organist Richard Elliott: “Let the Mountains Shout for Joy” (published by LDS Church, The Choirbook [1980], 50); “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” (arr. Wolford, unpublished, Hymns, no. 129); “Come, Ye Children of the Lord” (Hymns, no. 58); “Lord, I Would Follow Thee” (arr. Jones, unpublished, Hymns, no. 220).

Sunday Morning, 6 April 1997, General Session
Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Jerold D. Ottley, with organist Clay Christiansen: “The Morning Breaks” (Hymns, no. 1); “O Thou, Before the World Began” (Hymns, no. 189); “Oh, May My Soul Commune with Thee” (Hymns, no. 123); “With Songs of Praise” (Hymns, no. 71); “The Spirit of God” (Hymns, no. 2); “Faith in Every Footstep” (K. Newell Dayley, published by Jackman); “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (arr. Cornwall, published by Pioneer Music Press, Hymns, no. 30).

Sunday Afternoon, 6 April 1997, General Session
Music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, directed by Craig Jessop, with organist John Longhurst: “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah” (Hymns, no. 83); “I Stand All Amazed” (Hymns, no. 193); “How Firm a Foundation” (Hymns, no. 85); “Redeemer of Israel” (arr. Wilberg, unpublished, Hymns, no. 6).


On the cover: “Behold, I Am Jesus Christ,” by Gary L. Kapp, oil on canvas, 5′ x 5′, 1997. Courtesy of David Larsen.


Inside back cover: Prayer and Dedication of the Salt Lake Valley, by VaLoy Eaton, oil on linen, 36″ x 54″, 1996. Courtesy of Zions Bank collection. On the morning of Friday, 23 July 1847, by assignment of President Brigham Young, who was ill and would enter the Salt Lake Valley a day later, a group gathered near the south branch of City Creek, where Elder Orson Pratt of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the land to the Lord. Elder Pratt also offered “thanks to Almighty God, returning thanks for the preservation of the camp, their prosperity in the journey, [and their] safe arrival,” recorded company clerk Thomas Bullock.


Photos of conference were taken by Craig Dimond, John Luke, Maren Mecham, Greg Frei, Tamra Hamblin, Matt Reier, Don Thorpe, Bryant Livingston, and Jed Call.